Happy time. Exhausted time. We've had daily rehearsals since Sunday a week ago (except for last Friday). Performances are Thursday through Sunday, then we clean everything up and put it away. We'll be done until next year.*
There the most intense days of the year, and I love them. Sunday, after the 7 1/2 hour rehearsal, we walked outside, and I was surprised that there was still any light in the sky. After rehearsals Saturday and Sunday, it felt strange to listen to non-show music on Monday morning. Life seems more real when I'm at rehearsals - but I also feel like I appreciate things more outside of rehearsals too.
Another thing I love about these days is that, for the most part, I can be totally myself. If there's something that needs to be done - volunteer, or, better yet, just do it! I'm not constantly tiptoeing or second-guessing myself. There's so much to be done that it's kind of hard to step on toes.
There's so much to be done that you can do all sorts of things. A few years ago, when the musical director was working with the teen chorus, I got to teach the music to the adult chorus. Last year, I painted scenery (I'd never done anything like that before). Last year I also danced, which was a blast!
This year, I'm not dancing (I don't tap dance, and it's a tap musical), but I am singing in a little bit as the soprano in an Andrews Sister-type trio. Since flute was my major activity in high school, and my major in college, I've played solos. However, though it's not a solo, I've never sung anything like this trio. I'm always safely anonymous in the second soprano section or the chorus. I'm excited and nervous!
I also learn things faster as time goes on. It took a while to learn the first music we got in June even though I worked on it at the piano at home. I learned the music we got last week in a few days.
Every year, I realize that I'm my most self-confident during the musical time. I'm more likely to strike up conversations with strangers and more likely to talk to anyone - I think my posture is even better because I walk taller. Fortunately, this lasts until sometime in the fall. Unfortunately, it takes a while to come back so I'm overly cautious for the first week or two of rehearsals.
Older son says that starting rehearsals again each summer is like going to a family reunion. I've had a wonderful summer working on the musical with everyone and meeting new people.
Opening night is tonight. I have all sorts of emotions. I'm excited but also sad because it means that we're close to the end. Even though I'd never have the energy to keep up this pace, I don't want it to be over.
* Well, the average cast member is. The board members are busy year-round.